Find A Grave Community Weekend on October 7-9

Posted by Jessica Murray on September 16, 2016 in Events, Find A Grave, In The Community, Website

Announcing our 3rd Annual Find A Grave Community Meetup! We are hosting this global meetup starting on Friday, October 7 – Sunday, October 9th to fulfill hundreds of thousands of photo requests still outstanding on Find A Grave, and to document those cemeteries and gravesites that are not currently on our site. Cemeteries are incredibly valuable Read More

A Place in the County: Living at the County Home

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on September 16, 2016 in Website

Life wasn’t always dreamy–but, for a family historian, even the less-than-perfect times may have had silver lining. It is easy to romanticize the lives of our ancestors. We like to think of them as hard-working, independent people. Long hours in the field or factory earned them enough money to feed and shelter their family, and Read More

The value of searching Glasgow’s Electoral Registers (1857-1962)

Posted by Kristen Hyde on September 16, 2016 in Collections, United Kingdom, Website

Susan Taylor, librarian in the Special Collections department of The Mitchell Library in Glasgow discusses the Glasgow Electoral Registers (1852 – 1962), now available on Ancestry.  Searching Glasgow’s Electoral Registers just got a whole lot easier. Over 100 years of electoral registers (or voters rolls) from the Mitchell Library’s extensive family history collection have been Read More

How Well Do You Know Your Grandparents’ Story?

Posted by Ancestry Team on September 9, 2016 in Holidays, Website

It’s often difficult for us to imagine our grandparents’ lives before we, or even our parents, were born. What were they like as kids? What did they like studying in school, when did they first fall in love, how did they spend their free time? 68% of the people we recently surveyed admitted they don’t know Read More

Three Ideas for Honoring Your Grandparents This Grandparents Day

Posted by Maggie Mora on September 7, 2016 in Website

This is a guest post by Maggie Mora of Storyhouse. There is the grandfather from my childhood; diligent and uncompromising, gruff yet kind. When he died 9 years ago, I knew him only in these terms—adjectives collected from occasional visits and grainy phone calls. The grandfather of my adulthood looks much different; he is pieced Read More

Workhouse records can lead to other avenues of research

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 26, 2016 in United Kingdom, Website

This blogpost about the Medway Poor Law Union Records was written by archivist, Alison Cable. Alison is the archivist and manager of Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre and is responsible for taking care of all the archive collections deposited at Strood. These include the records of Medway Council, parish collections, private collections, public records such as Read More

Wanted! Criminals and reward systems revealed in new Irish Police Gazette records

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 22, 2016 in Collections, Ireland, Website

Our new Irish Police Gazette records from 1863-1893 give fascinating insight into the crimes, wanted criminals, reward systems and missing persons in Ireland during the Victorian era. The Ireland, Police Gazettes, 1861-1893 records are extracted from ‘Hue and Cry’, the official publication of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) which operated in Ireland from 1814-1922. ‘Hue Read More

Using WWI Registration Cards to trace your ancestors

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 19, 2016 in Collections, United Kingdom

Ancestry Content Acquisition Manager, Rhona Murray talks about the value of WWI registration cards in tracing your ancestors movements during this period. Start exploring our new WWI Registration Cards for Bexley on Ancestry. The first National Registration exercise in the United Kingdom was taken during the First World War. The National Registration Act came in Read More

History of Nursing Captured in New Nursing Registers

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 11, 2016 in Website

Janet Davies, Royal College of Nursing Chief Executive and General Secretary, explores the new nursing register collection and shines a spotlight on the record of one of the RCN’s founders, Sarah Swift. The Nursing Registers are an incredibly significant collection – especially as they have been digitised during the Royal College of Nursing’s centenary year. Read More